A case on the legality of the Clean Power Plan has been paused, pending Trump administration review, by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court asked the administration to submit updates every 30 days.
The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to release full chemical reports under Section 14 of the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act poses a threat to confidentiality claims, says Mayer Brown partner and attorney Jean-Philippe Montfort. "If regulators want companies to generate more data and want that data to be published, they also should find ways of protecting data rights, otherwise the regulators will miss their objectives," Montfort argues.
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals' proposal for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals shows promise, though it "missed an opportunity to highlight the limitations and special challenges posed by observational studies," writes Gregory Bond.
AkzoNobel, BASF, Dow Chemical, DuPont and Covestro each posted higher results in the first quarter due to strong sales and pricing. "Our optimism for fiscal year 2017 was confirmed in the first quarter," said Covestro Chief Financial Officer Frank Lutz.
Dow Chemical remains focused on starting the Light Hydrocarbons Unit No. 9 ethane cracker in Freeport, Texas, this year. The project will have an annual capacity of 1.5 million metric tons.
Milliken & Co. has purchased Keystone Aniline, a South Carolina firm that supplies colorants. Milliken officials said that the agreement "joins two successful organizations with complementary expertise and capabilities to offer customers a broader array of advanced colorant solutions, technologies and services."
Procter & Gamble has unveiled plans to spend more than $100 million in Singapore over the next five years to build a new digital innovation center -- its first outside the US. The center will help the company with digital innovation in supply chain management, e-analytics and e-business.
Cleaning firms are prepared for the Sept. 6 deadline to remove triclosan from soaps and other personal care products and have been switching to alternatives, said American Cleaning Institute Vice President of Communication Brian Sansoni. Manufacturers must also stop using microbeads in their products by July 1 and stop selling such products by Jan. 1, 2018.
New York has issued a draft regulation requiring companies to disclose the chemicals used in cleaning products, including any trace contaminants added during processing if they are considered threats to the environment or public health. The American Cleaning Institute said it is reviewing the regulation, adding that it already operates a public database on cleaning product ingredient safety.
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